Brownies are thought to be of US origin, the name derived from their color (brown) and from the mythical pixie-like characters common in children's stories from the same time period. One story suggests that brownies were invented at the Palmer House in Chicago in 1892.
2 - cups (12-ounce) semisweet chocolate morsels
1 - (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
3 - cups vanilla wafer crumbs
2 - cups miniature marshmallows
1 - cup chopped pecans
1 - cup sifted powdered sugar
1/2 - teaspoon salt
- Combine chocolate morsels and 1 cup evaporated milk in a heavy saucepan, cook over low heat until morsels melt, stirring occasionally. Set chocolate mixture aside.
- Combine wafer crumbs and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl, stir until blended. Set 1/2 cup chocolate mixture aside. Stir remaining chocolate mixture into crumb mixture. press into a well-greased 9-inch square pan.
- Combine reserved 1/2 cup chocolate mixture and 2 teaspoons evaporated milk, spread over crumb mixture. (reserve remaining evaporated milk for another use.) Chill. Cut into squares.
Yield: 3 dozen